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BA is 'S SLAYER SI:RRE\DERS. f
Mrs. Sarratt, in Cherokee Jail, Refuses
to Discuss Shooting. r
Gaffney, July 11.-MIrs. Frances Sar- a
ratt, a white woman of this county, I
who oin Sunday night shot and killed n
Ruth Duncan, a two-year-old negro t
girl, in an alleged endeavor to shoot L
Lil Duncan, mother of the dead child,n
came up this morning about 10 o'clock
and surrendered to Deputy Sheriff 1:
A search for the woman has contin- t
ued since Sunday and this morning
Deput: Watkins was near the river e
preparing to renew the search, when t
he was met by Mrs. Sarratt and her
husband, Ira Sarratt. They were com- r
ing to town to surrender. S
Mrs. Sarratt, when seen in the jail s
by the News and Conrier corr%spord
ent late this afternoon, said that she
had no statement to max? and refused h
to discuss ft e matter, saying that the1
affair was one best known to herself..
She stated that she had not engaged. E
counsel. She is a woma a ,.f some
fifty years of age. . c
The following story of the shooting
for which Mrs. Frances Sarratt is held
by the Cherokee county authorities,
is taken from yesterday's issue of the
News reached this city Sunday
morning from Blacksburg to the effect
that a killing had taken place near
there on the plantation of a man nam- fi
ed Mack Byars. The coroner, accom- e:
panied by Sheriff Thomas, Deputy p
Sheriffs Henry Lockhart and Joe Wat- is
kins, and a large number of the cu- u,
rious, went to the scene, which is of
about thirteen miles frori Gaffney and
three miles from Blackburg, andt ir
found there that a waite woman, Mrs. ec
Frances Sarratt, wife of Ira Sarratt, b:
had shot and killed a 2-year-old negro ai
baby, Ruth Duncan, the daughter of ki
LIl Duncan, ear.ly Sunday morning. At ci
the inquest, which was af once held,
it was found that the shooting took
place some time between 1 and 2 S1
o'clock on Sunday morning and oc- S.
curred in the road before Mack Byar's
home. Mack Byars is a brother of the
woman who did the shooting.
The entire affair seems to be hard N
to get straightened out, as several
parties figure in the testimony. It
~seems from tlie testimony given at the
inquest, that the killing of the baby
'was more or4less an accident, as the W
white woman was shooting at th'e neg. tr
7o woman and the shot took effect in
the baby, who was being held in the '
negro woman's arms at the time of W
the shooting. The weapon used was
a double-barrelled shot gun. Several
eye-witnesses saw the shooting~ andb
as the moon was shining at the time
they had no hesitancy in swearing as I
to the identity of the woman who fir- d
ed the shot. .
The testimony of the Duncan worn
an, mnother of the dead child, was to
the effect tha~zt Ira Sarratt and Pete' bi
Byars, two white men, husband andt
brother of Mrs. Sarratt, had been at' 2
her home in the early part of the st
evening the shooting took place. They
had later left her house, accompanied
by her, and had gone to Blacksburg in
buggies, returning from that trip in W
the night, after sun down. According
to her testimony she had been to her
mother's home and was returning to
her own home, in company with an
other negro woman, when the affair cE
took place. It was stated by her that N
when she came to the cross roads.ji
Mrs. ~Sarratt came running towards!
her 'with a gun. She saw her ap
proaching and shifted her child to the
left arizi in an endeavor to get it out
of the range of the gun, but just as ax
she did so the shot was fired, talging ax
effect ,In the child's head and side. by
Death was almost instantaneous. It
would seem that the trouble arose out
of the ride which the negro woman.
and the white men had taken together
on that evening. f
The coroner's jury returned a ver
dict that the child came to its death byc
a gun shot wound, instrument in the CC
hands of Mrs. Frances Sarratt. A dili- $
gent search was instituted by the sher-f
iff and his deputies for the woman on
day night, but without result.
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